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Sep 092010
 

I know this isn’t Spurs related but it is something I would like to discuss.

Hopefully this article attracts the attention of some of the Rangers and Celtic fans. I was watching Sky Sports News last night when I saw that the Old Firm proposed switch to the English Premier League has once again been ruled out. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing them play in England but I don’t think they have any right to go into the Premiership without earning it.

The SPL standard is nowhere near that of the EPL so if you ask me winning the SPL year in year out still doesn’t earn you a place in England’s elite. Part of me would find it exciting seeing the Old Firm in England and if that were to ever happen then they should be prepared to start in League 1 or even 2 and prove they deserve a place in the Premiership by winning promotions. There are arguments because we have let Welsh teams play in England and now Rangers and Celtic feel they deserve the same treatment.

I can understand from the fans point of view that it would be great to see them playing in a top league to see if they can hold their own, personally I think they would get ripped apart in the Premiership, 10 years ago I think the gap was a lot smaller and they might have stood a better chance. The financial gain would be massive because of the world wide TV exposure the EPL gets Rangers and Celtic want a slice of the pie.

If you go back 10 years the quality of the Scottish league was of a higher standard, the likes of Di Canio, Larsson and Laudrup used to grace the SPL. Fair enough that Rangers and Celtic dominate the SPL but the financial power of the two clubs compared to the rest of the SPL is startling. You could argue we had the same problem here in England with the top 4 for a few years but at least there is a sign that things will change.

There is no doubt that both Old Firm clubs are massive clubs and probably deserve to play in a better league but the harsh reality is that they are Scottish and therefore have to play in that league. If there were to come down to England then let’s say Hearts started to dominate the SPL would we then have to let them move to the EPL too? Where would we draw the line?

So let’s have a small debate here, keep it nice and let’s see what people think, would you like to see Rangers and Cetlic here in England? If there are Rangers and Celtic fans reading this how would you feel about your teams coming to the EPL?

Sep 062010
 

It has been a quiet week at the Lodge as the usual round of international qualifiers have seemingly robbed us of the majority of our first team squad,albeit with the exception of our very own Wilson Palacios who was put through his paces along side some of our up and coming stars namely Harry Kane and Kudus Oyunega of whom the club hold great hopes for.

For the youngsters to mix it up with the first teamers every now and then must do them the world of good as they are able to pick up new techniques from some of the best players in the country,it must also give them a taste of what awaits them should they perservere.

There was also the returning to the fray of one David Bentley who having suffered an ankle injury picked up in one of our pre season games found himself dealing with the unwished for advances of another of our under eighteens Adan Smith.

It is always good to see one of our more experienced players returning from injury as I have no doubt he will have a part to play in our rather frantic season.Although with the arrival of Van der Vaart I’m unsure as to how much,especially if the rumours were true and he was being lined up for a loan deal with Mark Hughes and Fulham.

Amongst the few there was also a welcome sight in the form of William Gallas who being put through a strenuous training program seemed rearing to go as he prepares for a behind closed door game this coming Tuesday,with the hope of him then being made available for the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 11th kick off 3pm,a game in which we must return to winning ways.

After seeing Dawson crumple in a heap whilst on England duty I wonder how many Tottenham fans had the almost unnatural thought rush through their mind,a second,which took the form of “Thank goodness for William Gallas,” now I bet you never believed you would ever be thinking that.

Below are some more training photos to keep you going whilst we await the completion of the second England game tomorrow night with hopefully no more injuries sustained,enjoy.

TRIFFIC TOTTENHAM WISH TO THANK SPURSONSIDE FOR THE USE OF ABOVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

Sep 052010
 

Someone said it on here the other day and if what we are reading today is to be believed then could the reason we got Rafael van Der Vaart on the cheap mean that Real Madrid get first option on Gareth Bale?

Since breaking into the Tottenham side in the second half of last season Gareth Bale has gone from strength to strength, he played a vital part of Spurs securing 4th spot. Bale’s form has been noted by some of the top European clubs and it seems Real Madrid are his latest admirers. The Spanish giants are tipped to make a £25million move for the Spurs star in January after reportedly making a bid on transfer deadline day only to have it turned down.

Bale recently signed a new deal with Tottenham so the club are under no pressure to sell but if Real do come knocking then it will be a test of Bale’s loyalty to the club. The way I see it, it’s vital we finish top 4 again this season otherwise the top top clubs will come knocking for Modric and Bale and if we can’t offer them champions league football anymore could we really blame them if they wanted to move on?

Last Tuesday we picked up Van der Vaart for around £8million and apparently Bayern Munich were also after the Dutchman but for a much higher price. So why was the price a lot cheaper for us, it might not be such a great deal after all if this is in some way linked to a future transfer of Gareth Bale. Hopefully there was no promise made to sell Bale and at worst it is only a first option on the lad should we decide to sell.

So let’s have your thoughts, it seems strange but it could be totally innocent, we know Jose Mourinho loves the Premiership and still watches our great league so maybe he has just noticed what a brilliant young player Bale has turned in to.

Sep 042010
 

The latest news coming from ESPN is that the scan to Michael Dawsons leg has revealed now fracture or no snapped ligaments and that he is likely to be back in action in around 6 weeks time. If this is true then i suppose you have to class it as good news, it as feared he would be out for 6 months or more.

Dawson landed awkwardly in England’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria and looked to be in excruciating pain as he was stretechered off. My initial thought was that it looked like ligament damage but it turns out it might not be as serious as first thought. The news will delight Harry Redknapp.

In a recent statement issued by the FA, it said that Michael will be missing the team’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday. Dawson has now been released back to Tottenham for further treatment, but Fabio Capello has decided not to call up a replacement for him.

**UPDATE**

The club have confirmed that Dawson will be out from between 6 to 8 weeks as our source informed us. This is a blow for us but it could have been a whole lot worse so I guess you could say this is good news. We have sufficient cover for this period with Galls,Bassong,King and Kaboul and Corluka can also play in the center.

Sep 042010
 

Panic over,we have surely found Tottenhams newest jewel and by all accounts it’s a beauty.

Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon the most recent prospect seemingly too hot to touch without regulation asbestos gloves has finished a successful ten day trial period at Spurs Lodge and has since jetted back to Honduras to tie up a few loose ends whilst also saying his farewells before returning to Tottenham where he hopes to lay the roots of what will hopefully grow into an wonderful career.

Here are a few details that might help you familiarize yourselves with our newest young prospect,

  1. BORN: 25th April 1993 (age 17) .
  2. PLACE  OF BIRTH: Yoro,Honduras.
  3. HIEGHT: 5ft 11″.
  4. PLAYING POSITION : Forward.
  5. YOUTH CAREER: Platense jnr.
  6. SENIOR CAREER: Olimpia,six appearances-six goals,2009-2010.
  7. NATIONAL TEAM: Honduras under 17,eight appearances-eleven goals.

Anthony has been described as the “Promise of new Honduran soccer football.” His style has been compared to that of Carlo Costly an extremely composed finisher good with both his head and feet that plays for SC Vaslui.Lozano however was recently starring for the Hondurans under seventeens and though the game turned into a defeat at the hands of a very good young German side, the loss aside our young forward scored a lovely goal,one which showed experience beyond his years.

Tottenham have beaten off a host of top clubs that were also seeking to sign the youngster.A quote from the Promise said “I am living the biggest dream of my life.” Well I’m sure having Wilson Palacios about the place will help him to adjust to his new surroundings and here’s to his dream carrying him all the way to the top.

Triffic Tottenham would like to thank both JimmyG2 of Spurs Musings and Glory Glory for supplying the information that helped in the writting this blog.Special thanks to Wikipedia.

Sep 042010
 

Amid all the euphoria (save for poor old Daws ‘s injury) surrounding Englands victory over the Bulgars I took some time out to catch up on some of our other players on international duty for their respective countries. In doing so  I came across this exciting prospect flying down the right flank, bamboozling defences and puting in quality crosses time and time again.

So effective was this player the opposition in their frustration resorted to the most cynical of tactics blocking and fouling at every opportunity yet most of which went largely unpunished by the match official. The picture gives it away and no Spurs fan will be surprised to learn the kind  of superlatives that accompany a Gareth Bale performance these days be it for club or country.

What might surprise them is  most of the good work done by Gareth happened down the right (yes I said the right) hand side of the field. Is anyone else aware of this phenomena?  Since Gareth’s amazing rise in form the majority of debate has centred on whether his best position is at left back or left midfield but after watching him perform just as effectively on the right side I think its an area that Harry would do well to look at in future.

Now I’m not saying for one minute Gareth should switch to the other flank, far from it but Lennon is often used to less effect away from his preferred side and Harry could do a lot worse than to try this option in future games if for no other reason than to freshen things up or provide a poser for the opposition?

Sep 032010
 

Jermain Defoe hit a hat-trick as England stormed to victory in their opening match of the European Championship qualifiers. Defoe latched onto a pass in just the 3rd minute to slam the ball into the roof of the net. It wasn’t till the second half when Defoe struck his 2nd goal when he slotted a one on one through the Bulgarian keepers legs.

Adam Johnson looked to have wrapped it up in the 83rd minute when he hit a low drive which beat the keeper at the near post for his first international goal, however just a couple on minutes later Rooney put Defoe through once again for the Tottenham striker to put it across goal and complete his hat-trick.

Overall a solid team performance, although the likes of Lampard, Rio and Terry were missing Capello seemed to get the team balanced right. The players looked to be on the same wavelength with their passing and moving, not the greatest performance but a big improvement from the team we saw in South Africa in the summer.

The one low point was an injury to Spurs captain Dawson which saw him stretchered off in the second half, it looked like he was in a lot of pain and no doubt we will have to wait for the results of a scan to find out the severity of the injury. If this turns out to be as bad as it looked then Dawson may be out for quite a while which may see Gallas get his chance in the Spurs team sooner rather than later.

It was good to see Defoe look sharp again, he looked to have almost shaken off his groin injury andhopefully can carry his form back in to the Tottenham side, no doubt he will have gained a massive confidence boost with his first England hat-trick of his career.

Aug 292010
 

I have heard a few words in the last few minutes and some Inter Milan sites are reporting that they have sold Sulley Muntari to us, keep an eye on this space I will update this page with more throughout the evening as and when I find out.

There are a few Italian sites saying that Tottenham and Inter have agreed a deal to do business for Sulley Muntari, they claim the news of this will break out within the next few hours.

Redknapp who managed Muntari at Portsmouth has always been an admirer of the player and has made no secret of his desire to bring some of his former players to Spurs.

It could be that due to Liverpool being linked with the midfielder after the sale of Javier Mascherano that Redknapp has decided to make his move fast for the 26 year old.

This Article will be updated over the next hour or two while I dig in for more research so keep checking back…..

I quote one Italian site here although they are all reporting the same thing:

“Sulley Muntari is a new player of Tottenham. The Ghanaian midfielder after nearly six months of hesitation decided to accept the offer of the British club and will move immediately to England to get employed by the technical Harry Redknapp.

The two had been together at the time of Portsmouth and is therefore a return to basics. Happiness for the player who, having realized that he had more space in the Inter team, she decided to run in London that training will also attend the Champions League.

The deal has already ended but because everything will have to wait until we formalize the classical specifications related to bureaucracy. The transfer from Italy to England will in fact some slowdown. Muntari should be available to his new team from the next round of the championship.”

So lets wait and see if this is true or not, no English tabloids have picked up on this yet, you heard it here first at Triffic.

**UPDATE**

More Italians are picking up this story now here is another quote:

International markets – the adventure ends after two seasons at Inter’s 26 year old Ghanaian Sulley Muntari, according to what is reported in these minutes of the on-line Tuttosport, was transferred from Inter to Tottenham. The Spurs player had at least one season, Muntari, where the negotiations would end favorably, soon found himself against the old fellow in the double challenge of the Champions League between Inter Milan and Tottenham.

So it is gathering pace in Italy but not so much in England yet , one site is even reporting that it is Inter who are trying to sign Bale and have thrown in Muntari + cash for the deal. I can’t see that Harry would ever let Bale go.

*Update 2*

More Italian sites still reporting this story

“Considered absolutely transferable by Inter manager Rafa Benitez, the Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari (26) after two seasons spent in neroazzurro could be about to leave the club champion of Europe in order to land back in the Premier League season in which he already collected a season with Portsmouth in 2007/08. According to the indiscretions gathered from Tuttosport and highlighted by FCInterNews, former Udinese, currently tied to Inter until 2012, was close to Tottenham Harry Redknapp, engaged in running for cover after the disastrous early stage of the season.”

Aug 292010
 

It turns out that over recent weeks Harry made enquiries to Manchester United over the possibility of signing England Defender Rio Ferdinand.  It seems as though Harry thought that Fergie was getting frustrated at Ferdinand’s continuous injury problems and saw his opportunity to strike.

Redknapp was told that Rio was not for sale at any price but you have to admire the Spurs manager and his ability to aim high when trying to sign a player in this case. It was Harry that brought Rio through the ranks at West Ham and having missed out on Joe Cole would have liked another former West Ham player at the club.

It is said that Spurs even had their medical staff assess Rio and his injury problems and was given the the green light but United simply didn’t want to do business and who can blame them. Since then Spurs have snapped up William Gallas on a freebie to help cover with the absences of Ledley King and Woodgate at the back.

So, it’s not like it really matters anymore but I thought you might like to know what our dear manager had been up to during the summer. I can’t see why Rio would leave United just yet although Harry is his old boss and London is his home town.

Rio in a Spurs shirt, won’t be happening anytime soon I’m afraid. We will never know how far this one went, if at all, could have just been the newspapers with nothing better to do. It is nice to see us linked with some big names but then again we always have been, we need to start signing them up now to be taken more seriously.

Aug 292010
 

Well according to Sunday’s News Of The World, Tottenham will be lining up a move for Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi if Klaas-Jan Huntelaar falls through.

Rossi is valued at around £8million and recently scored a hat-trick against us for Villarreal in a friendly, he looked to have learned a lot since his Manchester United days. Both Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp share the hunger to bring in a new striker before transfer deadline day on Tuesday evening.

Personally I would rather take the punt on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, would love for us to give him a break in the Premiership and hopefully he can live up to his potential. I think the number 1 choice for Spurs is with out a doubt Luis Fabiano but Sevilla are playing hardball for the forward, they demand in excess of £25million for a player who is around the 30 mark and only has one year left on his contract.

Giuseppe Rossi has a decent strike rate since he moved to Italy and then to Spain and the availability of the forward is interesting Harry. I would be surprised if we didn’t bring in a forward especially after the Wigan result, a top class finisher could be the difference between winning and losing. Personally I wouldn’t rate Rossi above Crouch, Pav, Defoe or Keane but come Tuesday evening I expect Keane to be gone and another forward in his place, the question remains, who?

Aug 282010
 

Just when we start believing all the hype that we might actually be really good this season and other people saying we are title challengers we go and get a nightmare result against a poor Wigan side. Now I tipped Wigan for relegation this season and I still think they will go down, so why do we always struggle against teams like this, why do we fail to find the net?

I then watch Manchester United v West Ham and at no point before, during or after did I think United would end up the way Tottenham did today, I don’t know why but the top teams win these games and when they struggle they grind out a result and rarely do they lose. Can you imagine Arsenal, United, Chelsea even Liverpool losing at home to Wigan today or like we did last season to Wolves? Whenever Arsenal play at home I am pretty sure that they will end up with a win but with us you just never know.

I had already told myself today that Blackburn would get something from the scum today and we would beat Wigan, giving us a three point gap but never did I think it would be the other way around, maybe I am guilty of believing the hype that we are actually a top team. There’s no doubt we have massively improved but was last seasons 4th place a fluke?

You have to credit Wigan, they got humiliated last season and were obviously out for some payback but my question to everyone is why oh why do we struggle at home agaisnt the teams we should easily beat and then go and beat the top teams. We really do enjoy making it hard for ourselves don’t we. It reminds me of Hull, Wolves and Stoke at home last season, silly points dropped. Is it a mental thing? do our players think the game is already won before even walking onto the pitch? Someone please help me out here.

Aug 282010
 

In an interview with Talk Sport Tim Sherwood aired his views regarding a number of questions put to him by Tottenham mad presenter Danny Kelly.

Danny began by asking where all the Spurs coaching staff had disappeared to when his beloved lillywhites had found themselves three nil down away to Young Boys of Bern,”So Tim,how come Harry found himself alone on the bench in Switzerland then when things weren’t going so well?” “It seems to me that the rest of the coaching staff are there to take the plaudits when things are hunky dory,but as soon as they go pear shaped Harry is left to carry the can alone.” Said a sniggering Kelly.Then with a similar smile on his voice Tim replied,”That’s why Harry’s paid the big bucks mate.”

After the laughing had subsided Tim was asked how he fancies Tottenhams chances in the given draw against Internationale and Werder Bremen? “We should have nothing to fear,” came his reply.”As we have a new found steel in our side.” He then went on to reminisce, “The old Spurs would probably struggle to be honest,even perhaps the side I played both in and against.” “I remember when I used to play for Blackburn and whenever we faced Tottenham we always used to fancy turning them over home or away as they had a reputation for having a bit of a soft centre.”

When asked how this had been changed he said. ” It’s all in the head really,you just have to convince the players that they can compete with anyone.” “And to be honest we can mix it with the best now,when we play football there aren’t that many round that can compete with us or should we need to stand toe to toe and mix it up then we are well capable of that also.”

The conversation then went round to Tom Huddlestone and new signing Sandro.”Tom is a fantastic footballer with two clean feet,he’s improved a lot since he’s had a run in the team and has now begun to show his worth.” “It’s genuinely up to him as to how far he wishes to go.”

As for Sandro,Tim tried to explain the kind of style the boy plays. “We have had him with us for a few days now and the guy is immense.” “He stands around six feet two,may be six feet three inches tall,” “And if you were to find a player that was an amalgamation of Tom Huddlestone and Wilson Palacios then this guy would be him.” He then went on to say, ” The nearest player I could compare him with would be a young Patrick Vieira.” “He doesn’t score many goals but he’s definatly going to be massive for us.”

Not a bad description of Sandro,If he turns out to be any thing close to Vieira then we should have a real gem on our hands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxDAHAmFRJE

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